Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:27 UTC
Java "Although the .NET vs. Java war is basically over for control of the Windows desktop, where .NET is sure to become the managed language of choice for new Windows desktop applications, there is a new battle brewing. That battle is for the Linux desktop. Now that Java has been open sourced under the GPL, even the most strict of the 'free software only' distributions can start bundling it and integrating it into their Linux distributions out of the box."
Permalink for comment 220269
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Coral Snake
Member since:

My guess is that this open sourcing of Java is a part of a Troll Tech/QT style double licensing program with the GPL for F/OSS Java development and a separate payment based license for closed source Java development.

GTK with its LESSER or LIBRARY GPL licensing allows for free closed source development under certain conditions
and would therefore be incompatible with such a licensing program. I think this is why Sun is not considering GTK for the Java/Linux GUI platform but is sticking with Swing which is theres and can be put under the double licensing program with the rest of Java.

Reply Score: 1